Great. Thank you very much, Chair, and thank you to the members for inviting us here today to speak about the estimates.
Today we have an estimates double-header. I'll be discussing both the final supplementary estimates for 2018-2019 as well as the first estimates for 2019-2020.
As a refresher, the first few pages of supplementary estimates (B) summarize the total amounts presented for Parliament's approval and give additional information on major items and horizontal initiatives.
The next section of supplementary estimates details requirements by department and agency. Each organization will display its requirements by vote and initiative. The tabled document ends with the proposed schedules to the appropriation bill, which are based on amounts presented in these estimates.
Additional details are available online, including forecasts of statutory spending, allocations from Treasury Board central votes, expenditures by program or purpose, and transfers.
Finally, I would remind the committee that the GC InfoBase is also available to provide you with more information on authorities and expenditures.
Turning just to 2018-19 supplementary estimates (B), these final supplementary estimates for 2018-19 present a total of $6.2 billion in planned budgetary expenditures.
Of this amount, the government is seeking parliamentary approval for $2.5 billion in new spending for 48 organizations.
Two organizations appear for the first time in the estimates. The Department for Women and Gender Equality replaces the Office of the Coordinator, Status of Women, and a brand new organization, the Leaders' Debates Commission, was created by order in council in December.
The $2.5 billion in these estimates brings the total voted amount for this fiscal year to $123.6 billion. The government is also reporting an increase of $3.7 billion in statutory authorities, primarily for an adjustment to the public service pension account and for additional financial assistance for students.
In supplementary estimates (B), there are nine major items totalling $1.6 billion, 65% of the amount to be voted.
As supplementary estimates (B) are the last estimates for 2018–2019, we can now see the full picture of planned expenditures.
Turning to the 2019-20 interim estimates, these support the first appropriation act for 2019-20. As you will have noticed, interim estimates is, compared to other estimates, a brief document.
lt includes a brief summary and shows spending requirements for the first three months of the fiscal year. The document also provides a listing of grants, so that departments can make payments as soon as they are required.
With that, we'd be very pleased to answer any questions you have.
The last section of the document is the proposed schedules for the first appropriation bill of 2019-20. Through the 2019-20 interim estimates, the government is requesting $37.7 billion in budgetary expenditures and $14.3 million in non-budgetary expenditures for 122 organizations to cover operations for the first three months of the fiscal year. These expenditures will be included in the first appropriation bill, which will be introduced and voted on before the end of March.
We expect that the 2019-20 main estimates will be tabled in the House of Commons in the second week of April. As usual, the supply bill for main estimates will be introduced in early June, with supply expected to be granted before the end of the session.
Finally, I'd like to congratulate the committee on their report “Improving Transparency and Parliamentary Oversight of the Government's Spending Plans”. The views of this committee and others, along with the Senate, are very important and certainly we continue to digest the advice and recommendations provided.